Jun.6, 2013

It is often too risky or resource intensive for individual companies to develop alone. As part of the Industrial Strategy the UK Government has committed to support those research and development projects using 3D printing techniques.

UK businesses are set to benefit from a £14.7 million investment to develop 3D printing projects, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced today Jun.6.

"Investing in tomorrow's technology will bring jobs and economic growth throughout the UK.

"That's why last month the Government announced the biggest ever investment in the work of the Technology Strategy Board. With £440 million of funding they will support new manufacturing techniques to maintain the UK's position as a world leader in technology and design.

"This joint investment with the Research Councils highlights the commitment from across the sector to boost manufacturing in the UK."

The Technology Strategy Board and Research Councils are investing £8.4 million into the projects that will leverage in an additional £6.3 million of private investment. The funding will help businesses to develop new manufacturing solutions in 3D printing technology across industries such as healthcare and energy.

The Technology Strategy Board provided funding worth £7.6 million, with additional funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The projects that are being funded will last between one and three years. They will undertake research and development in a variety of technology areas.

Vince met with the pioneering '3D printing' project winners today at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, one of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres. The projects winners included a diverse range of innovative ideas, such as:

  • Bespoke, 3D printed cranio-facial implants led by Renishaw
  • Bespoke, 3D printed hip joints and surgical instruments (where the surgeon orders and receives a complete 'kit', including joint and tools) let by JRI Orthopaedics
  • And a project led by FDM Digital Solutions will produce customised insoles so that they meet the needs of a patient's foot.


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